Schakowsky Urges Voluntary Recall on Peloton Product Following CPSC Warning

April 19, 2021
Press Release

EVANSTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, made the following statement after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about the Peloton Tread Plus treadmill:

“The status quo is unacceptable. One family will never be the same, and because a new, “hot” company prioritized their brand over human life, other lives were unnecessarily risked. The company failed its customers, and the law (6(b)) has once again failed American consumers.

“The videos and reports of children being sucked under Peloton treadmills are harrowing, and they graphically illustrate the grave and immediate risks these products pose to users and their families. 

“After noting no action by the agency following concerning reports involving the Peloton Tread+, I wrote to the CPSC last week asking the agency to explain why it was taking so long to investigate Peloton treadmills.

“While I appreciate the warning CPSC issued Saturday, it is clear that consumers should have been alerted earlier.  CPSC's hands are tied by the lack of a fifth Commissioner and a limitation on the agency's ability to warn the public without first negotiating with the manufacturer of the product causing injury.  Given the danger these treadmills pose, I urge Peloton to cooperate with the CPSC and voluntarily recall these dangerous products without any further delay.”